Call me a bluff old traditionalist out of touch with the modern world, but I’d take a physical copy of a game over a downloadable version any day of the week. Why do I feel this way, when downloadable games are so easily accessible, environmentally friendly, and convenient?
Well, there are a few reasons. I love the ceremony and process of browsing through games in a bricks-and-mortar store, I love the thrill of opening a new game, I love that fresh box smell, I love a lot of videogame boxart, and I love being able to sell games that I’m done with.
None of which is part of coldly downloading a game.
Thankfully, it’s not just me who feels this way. 64% of us gamers still prefer physical copies of our games over digital downloads, according to a survey of over 1,000 people by research firm Ipsos MediaCT. Aside from the reasons I mentioned above, gamers also fear losing games that have been downloaded.
While I accept that traditional physical games will eventually be phased out, I dearly, dearly hope it’s not for a long time. Now get off my damn lawn.